THEY must be doing something right out in Dromiskin as Dundalk Cricket Club goes from strength to strength. Last weekend saw another great league win on the Saturday and a friendlier than friendly ‘friendly’ on the Sunday.
It is now four wins from four matches for the club in its inaugural venture into the world of the Leinster Leagues. This mighty impressive start sees the local club stretch its lead at the top of League 11.
Latest victims were Old Belvedere who succumbed by 80 runs on their own ground in Cabra last Saturday. But, early on the result looked unlikely after Dundalk, having been put into bat by the hosts, made a nightmare start when slumping to a precarious 24 for four within eight overs.
At that stage, number five batsman Ashan Shah was joined at the wicket by Jiwan Jodhani who brought composure and a sense of structure to the innings. Jiwan contained the Belvedere attack as he dug in and picked off the singles, giving the cavalier ‘Ash’ the opportunity to play his natural free game.
The partnership brought Dundalk to a more respectable 75 before Ash was bowled on 41. Then Andrew Williams, also known to swing the bat a bit, scored a swift 32 and Dundalk had moved to a respectable 148 for seven before he and Jiwan departed. Captain Phil Osborne came in at number eight, and his 26 ensured Dundalk reached the challenging total of 180 all out in 38.1 overs.
Dundalk’s bowling has been outstanding all season and Old Belvedere could just not cope with it. It took just 27 overs to bowl out the home side for exactly 100 with Ash, Andrew and Stephen Lines taking three wickets apiece. Also starring for Dundalk were Derek Turner, David Lines, Sunil Kumar, Boomeeswaran Shanmugam, Mike Waterman and Waleed Shahid.
On Sunday the action moved to Dromiskin where fellow new club Adamstown visited for a Friendly. Adamstown batted first and put on an excellent 174, with Dundalk’s impressive young bowler Rory Waterman taking three wickets for 29 runs.
In reply Dundalk found it hard on a slow wicket. Five wickets fell very quickly with only Ian McEvoy of the early batsmen standing his ground for 26. Dundalk’s man of the match Rory Waterman got a nice 22 and the only other double figures went to Waleed Shahid with 12. A total of 105 saw Dundalk lose the game by 69 runs, but it did not appear that way at the end of the match so warm was the host club’s greeting of the victorious Adamstown as they left the field.
The other nice guys playing for Dundalk were Conan Martin who boasted three catches, Brendan Watters, Mark Waller, Shibu Ittiavara, Stephen Lines, Adam Waller, Kalkeran Kieran, Kevin Waterman and Mithun Matthews.
This coming weekend sees the fifth game in the League away to Knockharley on Saturday July 2, and a friendly against North County at home in Dromiskin on Sunday July 3.